HN400 Honors Seminar

for SP 2008

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HN 400 Honors Seminar


SP 2008 HOC


Ebright, Ladonna E.


Assistant Professor


Masters Certifications: Elementary Ed K-8, Special Education in LD, BD, MR, School Psy. Examiner and School Psychologist

Office Location

911 Main Street Suite 903, KC, MO 64105

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 842-6182 x 5532

Other Phone

Cell: (816) 210-4958


Semester Dates

Spring Semester January 14- May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time



HN 302 and continuation in program

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
This course requires final development of the public presentation of the project of the project conducted by the student under guidance of their advisor(s). A major component of this course is the public presentation or other proper forum which allows exposure of the final product. 3:0:3 Prerequisite HN300 and HN302

Educational Philosophy:

1.  The student and honors avsisor should meet weekly throughout the course of the project to discuss concerns, progress, and expectations.  it is important to maintain an open line of communication.
2.  The student should expect to spend an average of 9-12 hours per week working on their project; thus, over the course of 16 week semester, the student will devote approximately 150-175 hours per semester to their honors project.  The nature of research means that there will be some weeks where little time is spent on the project and other times when the student will be speending all their spare time working on research.
3.  Plan the path of exploration and writing to prepare for final project and presentation to be made to the Honor's Committee.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1.Attend the Kansas City Area Reggio Collaborative March 8th
  2. 2.  Continue connections with Kansas City area agencies in childcare and child development programs.
  3. 3.  Complete school visitations.
Class Assessment:
  • Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor
  • Complete at least 10 journal entries to be submitted to the advisor and the Honor's chair
  • Written progress reports at interval agreed upon by the advisor and student
  • Attendance at Honors meetings such as called for y the Honors Committee
  • Final presentation of research and submission of documentation.

Regular attendance, completion of journal entries and completion of research and presentation of final project presentation

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

January: Make appointments for final visits to schools
February: Visit schools and continue research: Felicia should register for presentation at
March: Pull powerpoint presentation and completed research document together for Presentation to Committee on March 7 at noon.
April: Present final research to the Honors Committee on April 30 during the Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium. 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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